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abbreviation for epidural blood patch.


A gene on chromosome Xp11.23-p11.22 that encodes emopamil-binding protein, an integral membrane protein of the endoplasmic reticulum, which catalyses the conversion of delta8 sterols to delta7-isomers and may be involved in drug transport by P glycoprotein.
Molecular pathology
EBP mutations cause chondrodysplasia punctata type 2 (Conradi-Hünermann syndrome).


(prak'tis) [L. practica, practical work, fr Gr. praktike]
1. The use by a health care professional of knowledge and skill to provide a service in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illness and in the maintenance of health.
2. The continuing, repetitive effort to become proficient and to improve one's skill in the practice of medicine.

blocked practice

A means of gaining mastery over a skill by drilling, i.e., by performing tasks or movements repeatedly according to a fixed procedure. Research shows that while blocked practice is superior at improving immediate performance, it is not as effective as other approaches, such as random practice, for retained learning. See: random practice

evidence-based practice

Abbreviation: EBP
Evidence-based health care.

family practice

Comprehensive medical care with particular emphasis on the family unit, in which the physician's continuing responsibility for health care is not limited by the patient's age or sex or by a particular organ system or disease entity.

Family practice is the specialty that builds on a core of knowledge derived from other disciplines, drawing most heavily on Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, and Psychiatry, and establishes a cohesive unit, combining the behavioral sciences with the traditional biological and clinical sciences. The core of knowledge encompassed by the discipline of family practice prepares the family physician for a unique role in patient management, problem solving, counseling, and as a personal physician who coordinates total health care delivery. (Definition supplied by The American Academy of Family Physicians.)

legitimate medical practice

Any form of treatment that is accepted under the Medical Practice Acts enacted by each of the fifty U.S. states.

patient safety practice

A systematic health care practice that reduces the likelihood that patients will suffer undesirable side effects from treatment.

private practice

The practice by a health care professional, usually a physician or dentist, in a setting in which the practice and the practitioner are independent of external policy control other than ethics of the professional and state licensing laws.

random practice

A means of gaining mastery over a skill through training exercises that vary the sequence of elements in the skill. Compared with blocked practice, in which a skill is learned by fixed, repetitive drilling, random practice, with its frequently modified routine, results in better retention of the skill after training is completed. See: blocked practice

recommended practice

Abbreviation: RP
A protocol for care about which there is general agreement, e.g., a practice guideline or officially sanctioned technique, esp. one that enhances the safety or reliability of care.

wear and care practice

Guidelines for the use and cleansing of contact lenses, designed to optimize their healthful and safe use.
Synonym: wear and care regimen
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Many firms that perform more than just a few EBP audits have auditors or teams of auditors who specialize in EBP audits (see "Succeeding With a Narrow Focus," page 56).
A form of direct coding as described by Hsieh and Shannon (2005) was used, wherein the researcher identified all statements or phrases that reflected EBP as the researchers had defined it.
How the literature supported the care of the assigned patient can be discussed in post conferences so all the students in the clinical rotation can begin to make connections between EBP and improving quality of care.
We avoided the practice of lumbar puncture and computed tomography myelography, but performed EBP in the lumbar region because evidence supports this as an effective procedure in cases where the clinical manifestations and brain MRI are typical of SIH.
Continuing professional education is one mechanism that can be used to transmit knowledge on EBP to practitioners in the community.
This study was conducted based on the research question to what extent does rural RNs' perceptions and their utilization of EBP affect self-reported workplace empowerment levels.
All of the presentations were informative and did, indeed, bring EBP into focus at the bedside, from a "concept to creation.
There were no significant differences among the groups in functional assessment of headache impact, time to return of headache (overall mean 98 hours), time from EBP to hospital discharge, or incidence of repeat EBP About half of the patients experienced back pain during the EBP injection, while back pain after the EBP occurred in about 85% overall, did not differ significantly among the groups, and was usually of low intensity, he said.
EBP has evolved as the dominant theme of practice, policy, management and education within health services across the developed world (Rycroft-Malone et al.
Further, to assist nurses who are doing or are interested in doing EBP projects, authors Worral, Levin, and Cote-Arsenault provide clear guidance on how to document an EBP project so that results can be more widely disseminated.
The patient was referred to interventional radiology for fluoroscopically guided EBP.